Cain's Redemption: A Story of Hope and Trasformation in America's Bloodiest Prison

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Formerly known as America's bloodiest prison, the 18,000 acres that comprise Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary are now home to 5,000 inmates, a full range of seasonal crops, a 9-hole golf course, yearly rodeos, a Bible seminary, a museum, and much more. All of this came into being at the behest of Warden Burl Cain, who is now the longest-standing warden in the history of Angola prison. Under his leadership, the inmate population of 5,000 has gone from regular knife fights to Bible studies. Cain is a strong ...
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Formerly known as America's bloodiest prison, the 18,000 acres that comprise Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary are now home to 5,000 inmates, a full range of seasonal crops, a 9-hole golf course, yearly rodeos, a Bible seminary, a museum, and much more. All of this came into being at the behest of Warden Burl Cain, who is now the longest-standing warden in the history of Angola prison. Under his leadership, the inmate population of 5,000 has gone from regular knife fights to Bible studies. Cain is a strong believer in the ability of the gospel to turn the most incorrigible of sinners into productive, moral citizens. Because eight out of ten prisoners are serving life sentences without parole at Angola, Cain has taken upon himself the task of making the lives of these prisoners productive and educational. Through a partnership with New Orleans Baptist Seminary, prisoners have the opportunity to get a bible degree and even be transferred to other prisons as a missionary.

The Angola phenomenon has been covered by such media outlets as Time Magazine, Christianity Today, and in the award-winning film documentary, The Farm: Angola, USA. Author Dennis Shere combines his background in journalism and law to bring readers this account of redemption and life change in the most unlikely of places: a maximum security prison.

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The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola was such a violent and degrading hellhole that it was taken over by a federal court in the 1970s. Over the last ten years, the maximum-security penal complex has entered into the news again because of its controversial warden, Burl Cain, a no-nonsense disciplinarian and man of strong evangelical faith. Cain sends death-row inmates off for their lethal injections only after telling them that Jesus desires their repentance. He has transformed the sprawling facility from a warehouse of "the worst of the worst" into "a place where men sentenced to life could make lives and homes for themselves." Shere, an attorney who works on the behalf of death penalty defendants, recounts inspirational stories of prisoners who become rehabilitated by accepting faith and taking responsibility for their own actions. Shere clearly admires the prison's climate, conducive to religious expression and conservative Christianity in particular, and accepts the premise that rehabilitation requires individual moral conversion. This sympathetic portrayal of Cain's tenure stands in sharp contrast to Daniel Bergner's more critical God of the Rodeo (1998).-Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881273240
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/7/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 535,659
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


DENNIS SHERE was a reporter, editor, and then publisher for the Dayton Daily News before becoming the senior media manager at Moody Bible Institute. He is currently an attorney working on behalf of death penalty defendants in Illinois. He is author of Cain's Redemption: A Story of Hope and Transformation in America's Bloodiest Prison. He resides in North Aurora, Illinois.
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Table of Contents


1. Saving Antonio

2. "You Just Killed That Man"

3. Life on the Mississippi

4. Manufactured Hope

5. What It Feels Like

6. Souls Behind Bars

7. The Bishop of Angola

8. Troubleshooting

9. A Sharp Silver of Metal

10. Shakedowns and Prison Breaks

11. The Yes Man

12. "I Didn't Do It"

13. In for Life, Making a Life

14. "They Kicked Me Out of Prison"

15. "He Kept His Word"

Acknowledgments

About the Author

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    Highly recommend - a new slant on the corrections system

    I'll be brief. This book should be required reading for anyone being considered for the position of prison warden. I will hasten to add that all the faith-based classes and activities mentioned in the book are strictly optional for the prisoners. No one is forced to attend OR to express any particular faith. Read it and you'll see what I mean on both accounts.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Excellent

    This is a great heart warming book about how lives can be transformed and about how many of these men were brought to this prison through one bad experience with alcohol or drugs. It shows the evils that can happen when people are high or drunk. Burl Cain is doing an amazing thing at this prison. Truely a heartwarming story of someone giving God's grace to people who are need it the most. He is changing lives at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2005

    EXCELLENT READ ON PRISON REFORM

    This book is truly inspirational. It is amazing that one man is capable of affecting so many in such a positive way. His lessons can be applied to life in general and not just to those incarcerated. Louisiana State Penitentiary has it's own 'Dr. Phil' running the place! Louisiana is often thought of as being in last place... this book shows what other's can learn from Burl Cain and the programs Louisiana has allowed him to implement. Louisiana is taking the lead with prison reform!

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